After all, David Nugent has demonstrated that he’s more than capable of scoring against Championship opposition, as the striker’s eighteen goals for Preston last season will testify. This campaign has been an entirely different kettle of fish, with the player either injured, unfit or out of favour with Harry Redknapp, who has seemed willing to farm him out on loan.
However, The News is reporting that the former Bury striker is upbeat ahead of his team’s semi-final clash with West Brom on Saturday. With Jermain Defoe cup-tied, will the England international (!) get the chance to impress on a big stage?
‘I want to prove I’m good enough for the Premier League. I want to show how good I am.
‘I don’t feel I’ve given enough to this football club yet so this is my time to show what I can do.
‘I’ve got the buzz again and it’s going to be nice to be involved on Saturday.
‘We’ve got a great chance of winning and hopefully I can help.’
As Michael Ricketts will testify, it takes a lot for a striker to play at the top level every season, especially with confidence such a factor. However, Redknapp must surely be considering Nugent to play some kind of role in the game as it’s otherwise difficult to see where the Pompey goals are likely to come from. Baros has yet to open his account for the south coast club, while Kanu has also had an indifferent season.